Doctoral Researcher in Plant-Soil Interactions (f/m/d)
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn / Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob
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1 Doctoral Researcher in Plant-Soil Interactions (65%) (TV-L E13)
The research will focus on how to leverage plant-soil interactions for enhanced crop nutrition and crop resilience to perturbation (e.g. drought and insect herbivory)
and will be supervised by Jun. Prof. Janina Dierks. The position is part of the Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob – Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop Production
(www.phenorob.de), should start if possible in April 2023 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and will be funded for a period of three years. The doctoral researcher
will work towards their doctoral degree at the University of Bonn.
Plan and conduct experiments (in field and greenhouse) to better understand how diversifying practices influence plant-soil interactions and in turn, crop nutrition and resilience to perturbation.
Take a proactive approach and strive to work increasingly independent in conducting your research.
Write and publish research papers in international journals.
Based on the research, prepare and submit a doctoral dissertation.
Travel internationally to present research results at conferences and workshops.
Master’s degree in agricultural, plant, soil or environmental systems sciences, ecology, or related fields
Interest in leveraging ecological principles to help design environmentally sound agriculture
Experience in conducting experimental work – from data collection and laboratory analyses to data analyses using statistical software environment R
Knowledge on and/or strong interest in soil biogeochemical cycling, isotope tracing, mycorrhizal symbiosis, and/or plant physiology (e.g. plant water status and/or plant defense responses) are a plus.
Excellent oral and written English language and communication skills
Open-mindedness, team spirit, enthusiasm and strong interpersonal skills
Meticulous and motivated work attitude
Stimulating research environment
Salary according to the German Federal pay scale (65% TV-L E13)
Excellent network of research partners
Support in personal career development
Please submit your application electronically, in one combined PDF file to email@example.com by January 31, 2023. Application documents should include a
motivation letter, CV, transcript and certificate of Master’s degree, title and abstract of Master’s thesis, names and contact details of two reference persons. For further
information regarding the research, please contact Jun. Prof. Janina Dierks (firstname.lastname@example.org). For administrative information please contact Dr. Nora Berning,
Chief Administrative Officer (email@example.com).
The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university and aims to increase the number of women employed
in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers. To that end, it urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance
with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable candidates with a certified disability or equivalent status are particularly welcome.